Latest edition of INFLUENCE magazine features 2021 Golden Rotunda Award winners

Latest edition of INFLUENCE magazine features 2021 Golden Rotunda Award winners


The Southern Group, Florida’s highest-paid lobbying firm over the past year, won the Golden Rotunda for Lobbying Firm of the Year.

Nick iarossi, the man responsible for Capital City Consulting’s rapid growth, was named Lobbyist of the Year. And the award for Boutique Lobbying Firm of the Year went to Johnston & Stewart, the firm founded by Jeff johnston and Amanda stewart two years ago this month.


The Golden Rotundas are awarded by INFLUENCE magazine to recognize the best in the profession of government affairs. The winners are determined by vote within the profession.

As in past years, we reached out to industry professionals to submit nominations for individual lobbyists and corporate award winners. We asked everyone to submit three nominations, weighted the results, and viola, the 2021 Golden Rotundas are here.

The ballots again put The Southern Group in first place. In the 21 years since the co-founder of the company Paul Bradshaw started the firm, it has grown into one of the largest firms in Florida, with 32 members across six offices in the Sunshine State.

“We are honored to be recognized by our fellow lobbyists as the Firm of the Year. The entire Southern team loves what we do and it is a privilege to work with each other day in and day out to provide our incredible customers, ”said Managing Partner Rachel Cone.

Smith Bryan & Myers was a finalist for Lobbying Firm of the Year. The company also won an award for the trophy case as an SBM lobbyist Jeff Hartley was awarded the Lobbying Play of the Year title for his work on combating cruise ship preemption.

Johnston & Stewart got the best vote among boutique businesses just a year ago and switched after taking out their shingle. After a productive 2020 legislative session, the young company skillfully met the challenges of the pandemic era, preparing it for continued success. The finalist was another young company, Delegal | Aubuchon, founded by Marc Delegal and Josh Aubuchon in mid-2020.

Iarossi, meanwhile, won the Lobbyist of the Year award. It would be easy to attribute that accolade to his stellar work in the gaming space – he’s, after all, a Former Gaming Lobbyist of the Year – but he and the team at Capital City Consulting have done so much more. co-founder SBM Matt Bryan took No. 2 in the vote.

Several other companies and lobbyists have won gold rounds in more than a dozen categories. You can read about the winners in the latest edition of INFLUENCE, available here.

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